British PM 'emotional, nervous' over Scottish vote

30th August 2014, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he was feeling "emotional and nervous" about the September 18 Scottish independence referendum.

Polls have consistently shown the "No" campaign ahead of the pro-independence push, but with three weeks to go until the ballot there remain hundreds of thousands of undecided voters.

"I'm emotional and nervous because it matters so much," Cameron told the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper.

And the Conservative premier hinted that there is a "silent majority" of people who were afraid to publically oppose separation.

"Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority. They don't want to speak out... because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government," he said.

First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-independence Scottish National Party forms the devolved government in Edinburgh.

His comments come after the opposition Labour Party's former Europe minister Jim Murphy was egged by a "Yes" supporter in Kirkcaldy, north of Edinburgh.

Cameron's predecessor, Labour former prime minister Gordon Brown, was also heckled by a "Yes" supporter last week during a public "No" campaign meeting.

On Friday, a Survation poll for the Daily Mail newspaper revealed the "No" campaign's 13-percent lead in a previous poll earlier this month had dropped to just six points.

Of the 1,001 Scotland residents aged over 16 who were surveyed, 48 percent said they were planning to vote "No" -- down from 50 percent three weeks ago, while support for independence rose from 37 percent to 42 percent.

The number of Scots still undecided fell from 13 percent to 11 percent.

When those who are undecided are excluded from the research, support for a "No" vote stood at 53 percent, with "Yes" on 47 percent.

© 2014 AFP

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